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04-14-2011 02:53 PM
GeorgeDog
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You doing the USCG Foundation race in May?
This is the first I've heard about the race so probably not. Due to travel we won't splash until the May 1st time frame and the first couple of weeks will be getting the boat dialed in. That looks like a good race to keep in mind for the future though as I've always been partial to overnighters.

We are registered for the Elf Classic Yacht Race from Annapolis to St Michaels the following weekend. It is a "true yachtsmans" *cough* race where the race begins and ends on land. The Elf is a very cool boat as well. Her website is here:
Classic Yacht Restoration Guild Home
04-14-2011 01:28 PM
sailordave
D&^% you Chris

Chris you really have to stop taunting me by keeping that pic of AUDRA in your signature

You doing the USCG Foundation race in May?
04-14-2011 12:30 PM
GeorgeDog So I've had the boat for a year now and again the moisture meter performed its magic. After hauling in December I spent an hour mapping the deck and hull using the meter. All seemed okay except for a 10x10 inch patch on the hull that pegged the meter. I decided to see if it would dry out to confirm that it was moisture. Sure enough this spring the spot reads dry. Crawling into the anchor locker it only took about five minutes to identify the cause of the leak. There is absolutely no visual indication of a leak anywhere, just water infusing the hull. So with the knowledge provided by the meter I found a small maintenance item now instead of becoming an expensive repair later.

Once again proving that moisture meter operation is useful and easy....even for dummies.

Chris
01-15-2011 05:02 PM
sailingdog
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SailingDog just wanted to give a thanks for that Article.
Wish I had read it before my last walkthrough.

Kudos!
Happy to help.
01-15-2011 03:33 AM
Patient SailingDog just wanted to give a thanks for that Article.
Wish I had read it before my last walkthrough.

Kudos!
01-15-2011 02:29 AM
tsuidc
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This is really hard for me to fathom because I find using the meter to be so easy. If it reads high either there is water in the fiberglass or something else is throwing the reading off. It has always been easy to determine the "something" else by inspection. Are you sure the meter was working properly?

I'd also recommend the analog meter because watching the needle makes it very easy to compare measurements at many location very easy.
I agree. I have used the analog version on half a dozen boats. I find the analog meter easy to use and it is an indispensable tool in my preliminary inspection of a boat. While it is not a substitute for a professional survey, it definitely has paid for itself several times over by helping me make decisions regarding making offers and arranging for survey of boats with extensive wet decks not revealed by the owner or broker.
01-10-2011 02:04 PM
GeorgeDog
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... It was one of the CT series but was digital rather than analog. ... With all this I then attempted to use the meter and soon found that it is an awful lot more difficult than one would think. I basically sucked at using the meter and immediately decided I would engage the surveyor again in the Spring. ...
Mike
This is really hard for me to fathom because I find using the meter to be so easy. If it reads high either there is water in the fiberglass or something else is throwing the reading off. It has always been easy to determine the "something" else by inspection. Are you sure the meter was working properly?

I'd also recommend the analog meter because watching the needle makes it very easy to compare measurements at many location.
01-10-2011 01:46 PM
sailingdog I thought so...but I've added a link to the version on Sailnet... I've got that same basic post on about six place on the internet at the moment...but some have the link to your article, some don't.
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Dog,

Didn't you used to have a link to my article on the CT-33 in Trip Tips post?

Here it is if you want to add it: CT-33 At Compass Marine
01-10-2011 11:28 AM
mikehoyt I borrowed a Moisture Meter from a fellow boat owner in teh area. It was one of the CT series but was digital rather than analog. A year and a half ago I had entire deck and hull mapped out for me by a surveyor who used his own meter, hammer, etc... so I had an idea where the dryer and wetter spots were.

With all this I then attempted to use the meter and soon found that it is an awful lot more difficult than one would think. I basically sucked at using the meter and immediately decided I would engage the surveyor again in the Spring. Since I was looking only at moisture levels in deck and hull I did not have to pay for a survey - just for an hour of his time. Well worth it!

Mike
01-09-2011 09:14 PM
Maine Sail
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Thanks for the plug. The article is located here.

Dog,

Didn't you used to have a link to my article on the CT-33 in Trip Tips post?

Here it is if you want to add it: CT-33 At Compass Marine
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